Along with being the first month of spring in the southern hemisphere, September is a huge month for Walk My Way, which supports refugee children to go to school through Australian Lutheran World Service.

Walk My Way group events are being held in at least four states and territories of Australia this month featuring the community of Tatachilla Lutheran College, south of Adelaide; at Caboolture, north of Brisbane, which will bring together the combined Lutheran ministries there; west of the Queensland capital at Concordia Lutheran College, Toowoomba; in South Australia’s Barossa Valley, organised by Good Shepherd Lutheran School at Angaston; in Darwin among the community of Good Shepherd Lutheran College; and in the New South Wales Riverina organised by St Paul’s Lutheran College at Walla Walla.

Each of these walks is tailored to its community. Some participants will walk around school ovals, others will trek between school campuses, some will walk past and through local Lutheran services, and others will tackle walking trails in a nearby forest region.

WALKS HAVE COME A LONG WAY – LITERALLY

From one ‘little walk’ of 26 kilometres in the Adelaide Hills in 2017 to more than 30 walks of varying distances around Australia in 2021, Walk My Way continues to inspire people to change lives.

Walk My Way is part of The GRACE Project, which has helped more than 62,500 refugee children to go to school since 2019. So, while the location and distance of every Walk My Way may vary, the heart behind it remains supporting education and opportunity for these precious kids.

Another blessing is the way the walks build community. ALWS representatives say they repeatedly hear how Walk My Way has bought people together – across generations and differing abilities.

‘THE WAY OF LOVE AND COMPASSION’

Pastor Dean Zweck has taken part in every Walk My Way in the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley since 2017. He says he keeps participating ‘because it is an ongoing way of walking alongside those who tread the path of poverty and want and supporting them on their journey’. ‘Jesus calls us to Walk his Way, the way of love and compassion. Walk My Way is an invitation to respond to Jesus by walking alongside those whose need calls out to us.’

MORE CHANCES TO JOIN IN

Lutheran schools will host a Walk My Way in which anyone can take part at Victor Harbor, South Australia, on Friday 21 October. You can also register to walk on your own at any time, anywhere, arrange a walk with family or friends or organise a walk where you live for your church, school, group, or local community. And, of course, you can visit the website below and donate and sponsor others who take part. Just $26 helps to support schooling for a refugee child for a year. For all the details, visit the website at www.walkmyway.org.au or email walkmyway@alws.org.au

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